Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2016
Page Count: 339
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Book 1 of The Star-Touched Queen series
An exotic fairytale that is a feast for the senses and avid readers of fantasy.
*Slow Beginning *Over-Embellished Writing
“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.” Maya has been shunned by her father’s kingdom since her birth because of a horoscope that predicts her marriage will be connected to death and destruction. When the prospect of a political marriage looms in her future, Maya finds herself married to the handsome, mysterious Amar and the queen of the strange kingdom of Akaran. Her husband and her new home have many secrets to reveal to her, and she soon finds herself caught up in a battle that has spanned decades and worlds beyond the human one she thought she knew.
This book was such a treat because it is not only a work of fantasy or even a fairytale, but it also deals in Indian mythology. This is an area I’m not very knowledgable about so it was exciting to discover so many new stories and mythical figures. You never feel lost when new terms or concepts are introduced to you that are a part of Indian mythology because there is a small glossary and the author explains them in the text. Reading this book always felt like I was learning something different which kept it from being predictable.
The author’s descriptive style of writing was mostly a benefit to the reader because it made the story come alive and feel very rich and exotic. However, sometimes it slowed the story as well. In certain areas of the book, I just wanted to get to the action of the event that was taking place and the over-embellishment of the words just got in my way. I also found the beginning very slow and wondered if I would even take to this book at all. You don’t really have a clue what’s happening and not much does happen until Maya gets to Akaran.
Once the story picked up from the initial chapters, it is really exciting and varied in the obstacles Maya faces, both human and mythical. This first dip in the world of Indian mythology was fascinating and I’d love to read more gorgeously written books like this one. The fairy tales I’m used to are old favorites of mine but stories like The Star-Touched Queen bring a refreshing look at mythology and legends. I can’t wait to pick up book two!